Yekaterinburg city guide

Yekaterinburg city guide
Yekaterinburg blows my mind. You never hear anyone saying "I'm so excited for my Yekaterinburg vacation, I can't wait". There are only so many people that visit this city willingly. People sent there by their companies on business trips. Locals struck by nostalgia. Those weirdoes who travel to remote places looking for god-knows-what. Most of them are pleasantly surprised by how cool this city is. It's like New York, but in the middle of nowhere. It's the largest city/capital of the Ural region. The Ural Mountains are that giant range that separates the "civilized Russia" from the rest of Russia. They're also considered the border between Europe and Asia. Doesn't sound like that great of a place to settle in, right? The redeeming quality of Ural is that it's rich in natural resources, part...
Yekaterinburg city guide

Sochi city guide

Sochi city guide
Sochi gained international popularity thanks to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Truth is, it has always been a major destination for the Russians. It's the country's only large beach resort. Sochi is huge and there's much more to it than rocky beaches. The climate in this region is unique. You can take a bath in the Black Sea or one of many pools, or hike in the mountains. The Eagle Rocks is an example of a trail with amazing views. There's a sort of a monastery tower you can climb and watch Sochi from a different perspectives. They say the tower is haunted. The mountain area is a very mystical place. Some people believe that this is where Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock. The Dolmens are a particularly interesting thing around the coast of the Black Sea. They are eerie, stone structures that p...
Sochi city guide

St. Petersburg city guide

St. Petersburg city guide
St. Petersburg is the forward thinking "second capital" of Russia. Its citizens think of themselves as Europeans and reach out to the world, instead of secluding themselves and shaking their fists at it like their inland comrades. This city has been bullied by the 20th century and received treatment that it largely did not deserve. St. Petersburg, tenderly called "Piter" by its inhabitants, has been bombed, starved, occupied, and underwent all sorts of torture but none of it broke its spirit. Then the mafia got its paws on it, due to neglect from the side of the Soviet government. Fortunately, the 90s heralded a new era for this extraordinary metropolis. It was free to get back on its feet and regain something that it might've lost along the way. My all-time favorite Russian author Fyodor...
St. Petersburg city guide

Moscow city guide

Moscow city guide
At first sight Russia often comes off as a very cold and stern country; the weather, language, even the comedic accent that actors use in movies adds to this image. When I was a kid I thought everyone there walks around in a military uniform while listening to Alexandrov Choir cassettes on their Walkman. I couldn't have been further from the truth...for the most part. Russia and Moscow, in particular, are the best example of the "old meets new" vibe. You can go see the famous Nutcracker, have a dinner at posh, modern fusion restaurants, visit an art gallery and go for a few drinks at a bohemian club. And this all within in walking distance from the Kremlin. Moscow is a city of literature, progress, and some might even add oppression, violence, and conquest. The undeniable fact is that Mosc...
Moscow city guide
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